Daily Devotion - December 21, 2020 - A Glorious Future

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – December 21, 2020
Isaiah 43:1-13
Weekly Theme: All Things New
Today: A Glorious Future

In 2002, my husband and I bought an “old, new” house. The house was built in 1957 and had gone through several additions over the years yet was still in bad need of renovation. Finally, in 2018, we began to tackle these renovations which were completed in 2019, just in time for Thanksgiving. All old things in our house, had been made new (at least for the most part).

Isn’t this also how our lives are? We periodically need renovations in all dimensions of our lives... physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Isaiah describes for us a glorious renovation that God intends to do for his people. This renovation in the life of the Christian begins with redemption which was made possible through the mighty acts of Jesus Christ when he died and paid the price for our sins on the cross. By God’s grace, we are called, by name, to enter a relationship with Jesus Christ, and therefore close the gap caused by sin that has separated us from God. God promises to be with us always through all different situations and circumstances because we are precious in God’s sight. God’s desire is to gather all God’s children together, all those who bear God’s name, and who were created for God’s glory. To be created for God’s glory includes the promise of a glorious future for all who accept God’s gift of grace.  This promise is irreversible. To look anywhere else for salvation and a glorious future is to look in vain. The reason Christians can look forward to a glorious future is because we worship and serve a glorious God.

In this passage, Isaiah the prophet is not promising a life that is free from challenges and difficulties. God’s people have been challenged, have been persecuted, have experienced loss, and will continue to experience difficulties in life on this earth. But God promises to be with us as we pass through the waters, the rivers, and the fire and to honor and love us because we are precious to God.

Today is my son’s 30th birthday! He is precious to me and I love him. I have not been able to prevent the difficulties and hard times that he has experienced and will not be able to prevent any he may experience in the future, but I will always love him and be with him through any difficulties he might face. My husband and I raised him to know who God is and still encourage him in his faith journey. He knows his parents love him, and more importantly that God loves him and wants him to have a glorious future. Today’s passage makes clear the parental nature of God to pour out love as parents pour out love for their children, a love that sustains through all the challenges that we may face. God wants to renovate the areas of our lives that need repair so that we might experience a glorious future, if we but open ourselves to God’s mighty works.

Dear God, thank you fore being our “Abba” --- our parent. Thank you for your promise of a glorious future with you and that we can start anew each day. Help us to allow you to renovate those areas of our lives in need of a prepare. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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